Film Review: Saturday Night Special

Posted By admin on December 4, 2017 5:58pm

By: Brittany Conrad
Saturday Night Special, a short film by Esteban Garcia Vernaza, personifies the urban class in a raw light. With references to gang culture and weaponry, even the title evokes a somber feeling. Through provocative cinematography, and jarring imagery we see life through the eyes of Wesley, a teenager living in Harlem with his mother and sister. His mother seems unfit, working as a prostitute, and he is left as almost the sole caregiver for his baby sister. Life on the streets is difficult, and we are confronted with shocking reality. I enjoy movies of substance, and this film is in no ways lacking. Opening credits show our main character to be a hustler and a dreamer, but furthermore he is protective and kind. As his character develops, and the plot line thickens, we are left with a keen sense of awareness to the urban plight. Wesley is inherently good, but we see his struggle develop and his needs devolve to put food in his sister’s belly. The message of this film is strong and clear, and it showcases a problem in today’s society, which may not be felt among different classes. Sharp and moving, Saturday Night Special, is anything but cheap and easily concealed.

Saturday Night Special is an official selection of the 2017 New York City Independent Film Festival and 2017 Best Cinematography, Best Short Film, and Best Actor winner.

News Archives

Review: Lighter than Orange

Review: We Break Things

Review: By Spoon! The Jay Meisel Story

Prizes announced to the 2015 Award Winners

Review: The Giving Tree

Review: Atomic City

Review: Dinner and a Movie

Review: The Way of Tea

Review: Salvation

Review: Keeper of the Past

Review: John Dablovski Reality TV Star

'The Interview' Almost Earns Back Production Budget

Bradley Cooper Talks "American Sniper"

Review: Away from the Grasslands

A new way to screen our films

Review: "Karma" by Drink Me Up

REVIEW: Sergei Deych- "Prelude in G# Minor Op. 32 No. 12 by S. Rachmaninoff"

REVIEW: Green Gerry- “La La Lonely Maria”

Review: "Girls Club"

Review: Kentish Fire- In Our Band

Review: CE- Mudra

REVIEW: Cubism: Outside the Box

Review: Bassoon Rap

Review: TICK TOCK

Review: Currency Affairs

Review: Ronald Gottlieb

Review: How To Be A Human

Review: Frog's Legs

Review: WORK SUCKS!

Review: My Big Brother

Review: My Kingdom

Review: Serenity

Review: Sweet Revenge

Review: La Valigia

Review: Dead Over Heels

Review: Prosopon

Film Review: Setting Them Straight

Submissions NOW open for 2018 NYC Independent Film Festival

Prize Update: First Prizes Confirmed

New Partner: Backstage

New Submission Categories

VIP Passes Now On Sale

Prize Update: Best Director

New Partner: Filmatique

VR Experience

New Partner: Peerspace

Film Review: Self Medicated: A Film About Art

Film Review: The Pilgrim: Paulo Coelho’s Best Story

Film Review: Chosen Family

Film Review: The Gospel According To Charlie

Film Review: Blade #1

Film Review: Taichi Mice: Entrance Exam

Film Review: A Broken One

Film Review: Partners

Film Review: Hello Charles

Film Review: Family Dancing

Film Review: Denis and the Zombies

Film Review: One Thousand and One Teardrops

Film Review: Bad Frank

Film Review: Burning Hope

Film Review: Day Six

Film Review: Waiting

Film Review: Bruce

Film Review: Entropic

Film Review: Saturday Night Special

Film Review: Backstory

Film Review: The Wishgranter

In Attendance: New York No Limits Film Screening

Late Deadline for Submissions!

Sundance Film Review: Monsters and Men

Sundance Film Review: The Tale

Sundance Film Review: Pity

10th Annual NYC Indie Film Fest Announcement and 2018 Interviews!

Where Are They Now: NYC Independent Film Festival Highlights

The “Need to Knows” of the NYC Indie Film Festival